Author: Gan Jia Ci
During the CeBIT Australia conference in Sydney last week, the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) announced plans to utilise blockchain technology to provide social security welfare payment delivery.
Acting Chief Executive Officer Randall Brugeaud explained that a prototype may be available in the market by mid-2019.
“Our plan is to look for use cases across the Commonwealth with an initial focus on the welfare payment delivery system, then working with our digital service standard, we’ll conduct user research with a view to having a prototype by the end of next financial year.”
The DTA was founded in 2015 that aims to lead the government’s digital transformation efforts by collaborating with other government entities to help them achieve digitisation.
The DTA recently received AU$700,000 from the 2018-19 Budget to “investigate areas where blockchain technology could offer the most value for government services”. Brugeaud explained that the funds provide them with outlets to discover creative solutions to deliver government services with enhanced security and efficiency through blockchain technology.
“The potential of blockchain to securely record transactions will be investigated, drawing on the experience of other public and private sector organisations,” Brugeaud affirmed.
The DTA is also actively studying existing case studies between the public and private sector to discover ways to improve the Commonwealth service delivery.
Brugeaud, deputy statistician of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, has been acting in place of the current DTA CEO for the past seven weeks, the latter being on overseas leave.